Dr David Marlin looks back at his research and work over the last 30 years for the FEI at the Olympic Games into helping horses deal with heat.
What can you do to help your horse deal with the heat and rapid increases in heat that they are unprepared for?
We must avoid horses getting too hot and overheating, which can happen during competition.
- Acclimatisation – when and how can you do this? BUT is this possible when we have had cold weather over the last few weeks and months?
- Avoid the heat? Is this possible?
- Change the competition to help horses. What can you do to help your horse? Have you thought about the warm-up and how you can modify it?
- Turn out time, position, and which environment is best?
- Cooling rugs, spraying and shade.
- Travelling during hot periods – what and when is best?
- When to offer water?
What should you look for if you are concerned your horse is overheating?
What to do with a HOT horse!
We have LOTS of information on the website to help you keep your horses safe in hot weather, heat waves and extreme changes in temperature.
Why is David considered the leading voice on this topic?
Dr David Marlin is one of the equine world’s leading scientists, he has worked at the forefront of equine research for over 30 years, David is the President of the UK National Equine Welfare Council and is the President of the Internationally established Sport Horse Welfare Foundation. In David’s illustrious career, he has:
- Worked for over 25 years on equine thermoregulation.
- Has had 200+ equine scientific papers published.
- Worked with endurance horses in the Gulf.
- Advised the racing industry on the prevention of injury and better management protocols.
- Worked with the UK Government on legislation.
- Worked with numerous charities on thermal stress.
- Worked at the 1996 Atlanta, 2004 Athens, 2008 Bejing, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games.
- Authored the FEI Guidelines for the National Federations on the management of horses in thermally challenging conditions.
- And for 15 years, David held the position of Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.